Pickups for Les Paul?

telewacker

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What H-Buckers do you guys recommend for Les Pauls? I've never owned one...plenty of Fenders (I play a Tele almost exclusively), hollow and semi-hollow Gibsons, Gretschs, etc., so I figure what the hell maybe it's time for a LP. I'm looking at some MIJ 20-30 year old Grecos, Burnys and the like and I wonder what pups would be good. My buddy Jim Weider recommends T-Tops, but he's a Tele guy too, so I figure I should get a second opinion from some real LP afficianados. Whatcha think?
 

Pedro58

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I've heard two sets, the Fillmore and the Darkbursts, from WCR in Les Pauls and I can't say enough good things about them. Do a search on this forum for WCR's and you will find plenty of guys raving about them and excellent descriptions. His website is www.crcoils.com
 

Mr.Hanky

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I just put some Darkbursts in my new R7 (57 goldtop re-issue) along with an RS kit. The guitar is absolutley astounding now. I can not say enough about the R7, I think it is the best guiatr I have ever played it is amazing.

Contrary to the name, the darkbursts are NOT dark sounding pups. The neck tone is to die for and the bridge is a tad bright but in a Pagey, Iommi kinda way. It (IMO) ventures into the old Sabbath tone which I love. The attack is bright so you have to fiddle with the height of the pup and pole screws until you dial it in.

I have never heard a LP clean up as well as this guiatr currently does, the middle position has the Tele kinda vibe to it, nice clean-dirt chime to it with plenty of wood in there for good measure.

I'd suggest reading up on the Les Paul forum before you plop down your cash. That is what I did before buying the R7 and I am one happy camper.

http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/index.php?

You can not go wrong with the WCR's, that is for sure, it is just a question of which model.
 

imschur

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I just put a Darkburst set and a crossroads neck in my 3pup Les Paul. Its like I have a new guitar. Totally exceeded my expectations. Believe all the great reviews. Service was great as well from WCR.
 
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In my Les Pauls, I play 498's in the bridge position, and 490's in the neck

EXCEPT... I have one that I had a 500T installed in the bridge position for a hotter sound (this guitar is tuned lower to "dropped C", so I wanted to avoid any muddiness)

Good luck!!!
 

sws1

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Save a bunch of $$ and put in SD '59s. Very good PAF sound for very little money. Step up to SD Antiquities for some more money. I love them in every guitar I've put them in. Go boutique if you have the cash and the ear.
 

bagpipe

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Originally posted by telewacker
My buddy Jim Weider recommends T-Tops, but he's a Tele guy too,
If thats the same Jim Weider I'm thinking of, hes THE tele guy! That guys is a fantastic player - he gets some amazing tones just from teles and deluxe reverb amps. I sure hope you are taking advantage of your buddy for some free lessons.
 

telewacker

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Thanks for all the input. Looks like WCRs are the favorite. Now I just gotta get a guitar.

Yeah it's the same Jim Weider. We played together in Levon Helm's band as well as others when I lived back east.
 

nolenuttt

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Another vote for the Darkbursts-The most amazing tones from ALL positions-Jim is da mannn!!!:D :D
 

T Dizz

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Take it from a guy who has never owned a Les Paul... get yourself some Burstbuckers. :anon
 

sws1

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Wow - A thread i posted in 10 years ago...back to life.

And I still agree with myself.
 




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